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  • So the good news is that I'm not alone. I have only made one Christmas gift purchase so far this season. Yes, budgeting is always a big factor in when purchases are made but honestly, I can't say that I'm waiting to get a better deal. My new retail shopping theory involves a demographic argument: unless you have a kid or tons of little young nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, etc., shopping early isn't such a high priority.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Stronger November Sales Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 12:45 PM ET

    Despite evidence that shoppers are cutting back this holiday season, retailers are expected to report strong improvement in November sales after a weak fall.

  • Apple: New Store Gives Meaning To "The Big Apple" Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 1:24 PM ET
    Apple Store

    Head on over to West 14th and 9th Ave. in New York's meat-packing district, and you'll see something big and bright from the fruits and veggies set: A 3-story retail bonanza courtesy of Apple Inc. It's the company's second largest store in the nation, behind its flagship store here in nearby San Francisco.

  • Jobs Report Keeps Fed Debate A "Work In Progress" Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:18 AM ET

    The slightly better-than-expected increase in November non-farm jobs gave some support to stock prices, but has done little to change the debate about what the Fed will do when it meets on Tuesday. The Street has been in hot debate about whether the Fed will trim the target 4.50 percent Fed funds rate target by a quarter or a half point.

  • Big Three to Cut Pickup Production in Jan: WSJ Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 7:10 AM ET
    Chrysler

    The big three automakers plan to curtail production of full-size pickups for several weeks as economic worries hit sales of their most profitable products, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Stocks Close Higher On Subprime Plan Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 4:20 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher on hopes that a government plan to stem home foreclosures would help ease the housing slump's drag on the economy and underpin profit growth.

  • Sluggish End to November Dims Holiday Outlook Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 1:23 PM ET

    Shoppers in November turned out in droves for big bargains on Black Friday, helping retailers to post improved sales growth, but by the end of the month, some retailers, especially those at the mall, saw a slowdown in consumer traffic.

  • Bonds Under Pressure From Credit Problems? Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Are bonds about to lose their flight-to-quality premium? The Fed, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and now even the Bank of England (which cut its key rate a quarter point to 5.5 percent) are working to resolve credit problems. The 10-year is looking toppy here.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Stronger November Sales Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 5:03 PM ET

    Despite evidence that shoppers are cutting back this holiday season, retailers are expected to report strong improvement in November sales after a weak fall.

  • November may have been sweeter to stores than many thought. Don't get me wrong--stores aren't going to be AHEAD of plan but it is sounding increasingly like they may NOT miss those meager plans they set for themselves at the beginning of the month. Meeting expectations COULD be a real positive for retail stocks tomorrow.

  • WGA Strike: Math Not "Adding Up" As Shows Disappear Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 12:45 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    Now that the press blackout has been lifted on the Writers Guild strike talks, we're getting some insight into the ongoing haggling over offers and counteroffers. Last night the WGA released analysis of the producers association, the AMPTP's deal, saying that it would cost the companies $151 million over three years, and some studios would pay very little--MGM would pay only an additional $320,000 per year to writers.

  • Consumers Hope to Get Out of Holiday Debt Quickly Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 11:02 AM ET

    Three out of four American consumers plan to pay off their holiday shopping debt within three months, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Financial Services Roundtable.

  • Home Depot to Lay Off 950, Abandon 3 Call Centers Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 10:59 AM ET
    Home Depot

    Home Depot is cutting 950 jobs and closing three call centers that handle orders for home installation, a spokesman said.

  • DVDs Not DOA Just Yet! Expect One For Christmas Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:13 PM ET
    DVD's for sale

    Everyone's been talking about how DVDs are dying, and that nobody's buying the archaic discs. But guess what, you'll probably get a whole bunch as gifts this year. There were more DVDs sold this Thanksgiving than any previous year, up 6 percent from the same weekend in 2007. Now, it's important to point out, that at the same time, the overall retail revenues from DVDs has fallen thanks to the big box retailers' deep discounting.

  • Brett Favre: Why Isn't He More Ad Compelling? Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 3:19 PM ET
    Brett Favre

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has won up SI's "Sportsman of the Year" award. It's hard to argue with Favre's resurgence. As the ironman prepares to play his remarkable 250th straight game this weekend, his team is a surprising 10-2. And while Favre has always been a top 10 jersey seller--which means more because the Packers jersey has never changed--it's interesting to consider that he's not really that relevant in the marketing world.

  • Victoria's Secret Post Hits A Nerve With Many Of You Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 2:28 PM ET
    Adriana Lima

    Heidi, Alessandra, Karolina...at least three women who generate blog responses almost as much as Wal-Mart's CEO Lee Scott. The other time I remember receiving a flood of heated responses like these were in regard to Wal-Mart's claims that it helps lower consumer prices across the country.

  • Nestle to Sell Jamba Juice in Grocery Stores Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 10:49 AM ET

    Jamba said it is partnering with Nestle USA to sell bottled smoothies and juice drinks at U.S. grocery stores, sending the company's shares up 28 percent.

  • Walgreen Same-Store Sales Rose 4.4% in November Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 8:29 AM ET

    Walgreen, one of the largest U.S. drugstore chains, Tuesday said sales rose 4.4 percent in stores open at least a year.

  • World Faces Food Shortages, Soaring Prices: Report Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:46 AM ET

    The world is eating more than it produces and food prices may climb for years because of expansion of farming for fuel and climate change, risking social unrest, an expert and a new report said on Tuesday.

  • Australia Retail Growth Slows After Spending Spree Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 10:06 PM ET

    Australian retail sales rose less than forecast in October as consumers cut back on household goods purchases after months of heavy spending, reinforcing expectations the central bank will keep rates on hold this week.